Finding Traction

Finding Traction

2014, Sports  -   8 Comments
Ratings: 7.53/10 from 93 users.

Endurance runner and extreme athlete Nikki Kimball set a seemingly impossible goal for herself to become the fastest person in history to run the Long Trail - a 273-mile stretch which snakes across the rugged terrains of Vermont. Finding Traction follows every step of her remarkable journey.

America's oldest and longest hiking trail, the Long Trail covers the length of ten marathons; a formidable challenge for even the most ardent and accomplished of runners. Kimball has won many of the most daunting marathons in the world, but she considers a record-setting run of the Long Trail to be the achievement with which she can define her life and career.

After two years of grueling physical training, and a lifetime of sharply honed mental preparation, Kimball arrives at the starting line of her journey on the outskirts of the Canadian border. Her ultimate goal is to beat the previous world record of four days, twelve hours and 46 minutes set by marathon runner Jonathan Basham in 2009. She employs a fiercely devoted team consisting of a doctor, massage therapist, nutritionist and assorted support personnel who remain by her side throughout the run.

For Kimball, the journey represents more than just a place in the record books. She views herself as a potential symbol of inspiration for others, particularly as a female athlete. Her run also doubles as a fundraiser for Girls on the Run, an organization which encourages young girls to indulge in regular physical fitness activities. Kimball discovered her place in the world through marathon running, and she hopes that other girls may be afforded the same sense of life purpose by her example.

Finding Traction allows viewers an opportunity to share in Kimball's struggles and triumphs with every step, leap and climb. Along the way, we are witnesses to her joyous occasions of accomplishment, as well as her moments of extreme physical anguish, self-doubt and mental exhaustion.

Will Kimball meet her goal of beating the previous world record? Regardless of the outcome, Finding Traction provides a tremendously inspiring look at the makings of a champion, and the quest to push the limits of human endurance.

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6 years ago

Great website. Mediocre (I mean, lame) doc. Obnoxious characters. But, good for her anyway. Now I think I'll fix myself a two-pound bacon cheeseburger with a line of coke on the side and six shots of tequila. :)

7 years ago

Bacon and burgers? wonder why her body was shutting down! I guarantee you if she does this race again with a plant based diet she would beat the men record!

claire sc
7 years ago

it really turns me off doing it she looks like a crack head how is this health when she looks so messed up

7 years ago

im only 10 minutes in and I'm baffled..... fueling herself with soda, bacon and highly processed "gel".... and didn't bother to stretch at her first break..... crazy town

7 years ago

Really inspiring! ohh i want to run now!

8 years ago

Looks like a real long The North Face commercial.

8 years ago

Not much to say about this average doc. She just runs a lot and she is good at it. She likes to run, but sometimes is gets very hard for her to continue...